Nov. 28, 2010
HONOLULU, Hawaii - In a close game that saw neither team enjoy larger than a six-point advantage, the Washington State women's basketball team fell to the Gonzaga Bulldogs, 67-65, Sunday in the Rainbow Wahine Showdown at the Stan Sheriff Center on the University of Hawai'i campus.
Trailing 65-62, WSU's Ireti Amojo made a three-pointer to tie the game at 65 with 12 seconds left. On the ensuing possession, Gonzaga's Katelan Redmon was fouled by Carly Noyes and Redmon, who finished with a game-high 22 points, made both free throws to give Gonzaga a 67-65 lead. Gonzaga intercepted the Cougars' inbounds pass to clinch the win.
The closeness of the game was reflected through the statistics as there were 10 ties and 16 lead changes. Additionally, both team shot nearly identically from the floor, WSU 39.5 percent and Gonzaga 38.7 percent. WSU also outrebounded the Zags 41-39.
Gonzaga took its largest lead of the game at 14-8 just over seven minutes in the game. Both teams traded the lead throughout the first half and with the game tied at 30, WSU scored six of the half's final eight points to take a 36-32 advantage into halftime.
WSU continued its run at the opening of the second half and took its largest lead of the contest at 40-34 a minute and a half in. This time, it was Gonzaga that fought back, and both team traded blows the rest of the way. Neither team was separated by more than 3 points during the game's final 12 minutes.
WSU will return to action, Sunday, Dec. 5, hosting Nevada at Beasley Coliseum for a 1 p.m. tip.